INTRODUCTION: Egyptian Premier Mamdouh Salem will take over the Interior Ministry following a government reshuffle announced on Tuesday (1 February).
GV EXTERIOR "Barrage Rest House", near Cairo
MV INTERIOR President Anwar Sadat enters and takes seat as students watch (3 shots)
MV Mr Moustafa Helmy, Egyptian Minister of Education, speaks watched by President Anwar Sadat (2 shots)
MV Student Union head Mr Shaban Hafez ???hafik speaking
MV President Sadat speaks as student listen (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Egyptian Premier Mamdouh Salem will take over the Interior Ministry following a government reshuffle announced on Tuesday (1 February). The reshuffle follows food price rights and a ban on political activity inside university campuses. Student leaders met President anwar Sadat on Tuesday to discuss the present situation.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting took place at President Sadat's residence to the north of the capital, Cairo. The President has accused the Soviet Union of trying to incite class conflict in Egypt. Cairo newspapers have been critical of police failure to uncover an alleged Communist plot to exploit the riots and overthrow the government. The Cabinet reshuffle has affected six positions in all, with some posts being split between two ministers.
The Minister of Education Mr Moustafa Helmy, explained to the students' Federation the reasons for the government's ban ??? political activity within universities. The meeting was one of a series that President Sadat has had with trade union leaders and university professors since the demonstrations on the 18th and the 19th of January.
President Sadat cancelled the price rises on staple foods and other commodities after the protests. A 10 per cent increase on salaries to all public sector workers has also been granted.
But the President has also warned that any strikes, or what he called 'acts of hooliganism', would be dealt with severely. More than 800 people were wounded during the January rioting and millions of Egyptian (sterling) pounds in damages resulted. The official Middle East News Agency has said that President Sadat will address the nation to put all the facts before the people.